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The 100 Best Children's Books of 2016


This is my first blog post for Toppsta and I am so excited about sharing this list of books. 

It's an ambitious claim isn't it....The *Best* Books of 2016 but these are the books which have been read and recommended by children, parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents. We receive many reviews each and every day (we now have over 10,000 reviews!) but I have hand-picked these books as the ones that readers have read and really enjoyed. If you click through to each title you'll find a description of the book, all the reviews and links to buy the books through our retail partner Wordery.

*One caveat, I've listed an approximate age range but this is just a very loose guide. I'd recommend clicking through to the relevant book page to read the reviews and the age of the reviewers. 

The 100 Best Children's Books of 2016 (sorted by approximate age not rank!). Enjoy!

Georgina x
The 100 Best Children's Books of 2016

  Preschool Books Author/Illustrator Publisher
1. That's Not My Squirrel Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells           Usborne
2. Monkey Music: Let's Sing and Play Emily Bolam Pan Macmillan
3. Sound Button Stories: Cuddly Cow Axel Scheffler Nosy Crow
4. Bing! Something for Daddy Ted Dewan HarperCollins
5. English - Phonics Ages 3-5 - Letts Educational    
  Picture Books Author/Illustrator Publisher
6. Alan's Big, Scary Teeth Jarvis Walker
7. Amazing Dinosaur Detectives Maggie Li Pavilion
8. Animal Surprises Nicola Davies & Abbie Cameron Graffeg
9. Bear Cub Bakers Caroline Baxter & Kathi Ember Big Sunshine Books
10. Bee and Me Alison Jay Old Barn Books
11. Bee: Nature's Tiny Miracle Patricia Hegarty & Britta Teckentrup Little Tiger Press
12. Bob and the River of Time James Garner Crown House
13. Brave Bear Sean Taylor & Emily Hughes Walker
14. Disney Frozen Annual 2017 - Egmont
15. Dog on a Train Kate Prendergast Old Barn Books
16. Feelings Libby Walden & Richard Jones Little Tiger Press
17. Flip Flap Pets Axel Scheffler Nosy Crow
18. Goose at the Beach Laura Wall Award
19. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Sean Taylor & Jean Jullien Walker
20. I Went to the Supermarket Paul Howard Bloomsbury
21. Leafy the Pet Leaf Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick Walker
22. Leaping Lemmings! John Briggs & Nicola Slater Sterling
23 Oskar Loves
Britta Teckentrup Prestel
24. Paws McDraw
Connah Brecon
Little Tiger Press
25. Spinderella
Julia Donaldson & Sebastian Braun
26. The Day the Crayons Came Home Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
27. The New Libearian Alison Donald Maverick
28. The Storm Whale in Winter Benji Davies
Simon & Schuster
29. There's a Snake in My School David Walliams & Tony Ross HarperCollins
There's a Tiger in the Garden Lizzy Stewart Frances Lincoln
31. The Three Ninja Pigs David Bedford & Becka Moor Simon & Schuster
32. Treats for a T-Rex Adam & Charlotte Guillain & Lee Wildish Egmont
33. Where's the Starfish Barroux Egmont
  Books Loved by Ages 5+ Author/Illustrator Publisher
34. 1000 Things Under The Sea Nikki Dyson Usborne
35. Finding Dory Maths Practice Ages 5-6 - Scholastic
36. Get Out! Nature Activity Book Andrea Pinnington & Caz Buckingham Fine Feather Press
37. Times Tables Activity Book Rosie Dickins & Luana Rinaldo Usborne
  Books Loved by Ages 6+ Author/Illustrator Publisher
38. Calum's New Team Danny Scott & Alice Morentorn Floris
39. Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre OUP
40. See Inside the World of Shakespeare Rob Lloyd Jones & Barry Ablett Usborne
41. The Bad Guys: Episode 1 Aaron Blabey  Scholastic
42. The Cat and the King Nick Sharratt Scholastic
43. The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl Stella Caldwell Carlton
44. The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong Penguin
45. The Royal Rabbits of London Santa Montefiore & Simon Sebag Montefiore Simon & Schuster
46. There's a Dragon in My Dinner Tom Nicoll & Sarah Horne Little Tiger Press
47. Thimble Monkey Superstar Jon Blake Firefly Press
48. Tiana the Toy Fairy Daisy Meadows & Georgie Ripper Hachette Children's
49. Winnie the Pooh: The Best Bear in All the World A.A. Milne Egmont
  Books Loved by Ages 7+ Author/Illustrator Publisher
50. Alfie Cat in Trouble Rachel Wells HarperCollins
51. Boredom Buster: Games for the Road - Lonely Planet Kids
52. British Wildlife - QED Publishing
53. Dotty Detective and the Paw Print Puzzle Clara Vulliamy HarperCollins
54. Gulnare of the Sea Kelley Townley & Anja Gram Harpendore
55. Harper and the Circus of Dreams Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson Scholastic
56. Secret Cat (Tiger Days) Sarah Lean HarperCollins
57. Spynosaur Guy Bass Little Tiger Press
58. The Christmasaurus Tom Fletcher Penguin
59. The Incomplete Book of Dragons Cressida Cowell Hachette Children's
60. Wilf the Mighty Worrier is King of the Jungle Georgia Pritchett Hachette Children's
  Books Loved by Ages 8+ Author Illustrator Publisher
61. A Most Magical Girl Karen Foxlee Piccadilly Press
62. Born Free Leopard Rescue Sara Starbuck Hachette Children's
63. Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster
64. House of Robots: Robots Go Wild James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein Cornerstone
65. Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons Gary Northfield Walker
66. King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor Andy Riley Hachette Children's
67. My Family Travel Map - Lonely Planet Kids
68. Our House: Time to Shine Tom Easton Piccadilly Press
69. The Chicken Nugget Ambush Mark Lowery Piccadilly Press
70. The Midnight Gang David Walliams & Tony Ross HarperCollins
71. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster
72. The Phoenix Comic Various The Phoenix Comic
73. The World's Worst Children David Walliams & Tony Ross HarperCollins
74. Timmy Failure: We Meet Again Stephan Pastis Walker
75. Wimpy Kid: Double Down Jeff Kinney Penguin
  Books Loved by Ages 9+ Author/Illustrator Publisher
76. 50 Things You Should Know About the Tudors Rupert Matthews QED
77. Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue Sarah Rubin Chicken House
78. Animalcolm David Baddiel & Jim Field HarperCollins
79. Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham Nosy Crow
80. Beaky Malone: World's Greatest Liar Barry Hutchison Little Tiger Press
81. Bus Stop Baby Fleur Hitchcock Piccadilly Press
82. City Trails London - Lonely Planet Kids
83. Clover Moon Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt Random House Children's
84. Cogheart Peter Bunzl Usborne
85. Defender of the Realm Nick Ostler & Mark Huckerby Scholastic
86. Dr. Christian's Guide to You Dr. Christian Jessen & Dave Semple Scholastic
87. The Bubble Boy Stewart Foster Simon & Schuster
88. The Cities Book - Lonely Planet Kids
89. The Great Fire Dogs Megan Rix Penguin
90. The Other Alice Michelle Harrison Simon & Schuster
91. The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell & Gelrev Ongbico Bloomsbury
92. To Wee or Not to Wee Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham Nosy Crow
93. Write Your Own Shakespearean Tales Deborah Patterson The British Library
  Books Loved by Ages 10+ Author/Illustrator Publisher
94. Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief Gabrielle Kent Scholastic
95. The Boy at the Top of the Mountain John Boyne Random House
96. Hour of the Bees Lindsay Eagar Walker
97. Little Bits of Sky S.E. Durrant Nosy Crow
98. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor Rick Riordan Penguin
99. My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord David Solomons & Laura Ellen Anderson Nosy Crow
100. Over the Line Tom Palmer & Ollie Cuthbertson Barrington Stoke

The 100 Best Children's Books of 2016

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The 100 Best Children's Books of 2016

19th December 2016

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